Normal aging causes the insulin receptors on cell membranes to lose their youthful sensitivity or functionality.
The result is a pathological condition called “insulin resistance” that impairs the ability of cells to efficiently take up glucose and utilize it for energy production.
Glucose not taken up by energy-producing cells prompts the release of excess insulin. This chronic surge of insulin is called Hyperinsulinemia. High circulating insulin is associated with a higher blood sugar level, greater conversion of sugar into fat, and a significantly increased risk of heart disease. 2
Take the quiz and see if insulin resistance is one of your weight gaining mechanisms.
If you have type 2 diabetes, then by definition
you have insulin resistance. In your case, it’s
important to continue taking your diabetes
medication. Speak with your doctor before
starting any suggested supplements.
|Questions to Determine Your Level of Insulin Resistance||YES||NO|
|Is your waist size 40 inches or more (men) and 35 inches or more (women)?|
|Do you have a history of high blood sugar (>110) or have you been diagnosed with pre-diabetes?|
|Is your blood pressure 130/80 or higher, or are you taking blood pressure medication?|
|Do you have family members who have DM-2 (type 2 diabetes) or Latino, African American, Native American or Asian American ancestry?|
|Are you overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25 (kg/m2)? [Calculate your BMI by taking your weight (in kilograms) and dividing twice by your height (in meters).]|
|IF YOU ANSWERED WITH …||THEN TRY …|
|0 Yes Normal insulin sensitivity||Keep up the good work!|
|1-2 Yes On the verge of insulin resistance||Lifestyle suggestions|
|3 Yes Mild insulin resistance||Chromium*|
|4 Yes Moderate insulin resistance||Chromium + Magnesium*|
|5 Yes High insulin resistance||Chromium + Magnesium + Green Tea Extract*|
- Eat something every 4 hours to keep your insulin and glucose levels normal.
- Finish eating at least 2 to 3 hours before bed.
- Eat protein for breakfast, such as whole omega-3 eggs, a protein shake or nut butters.
- Eat small protein snacks in the morning and afternoon, such as a handful of almonds.
- Limit simple sugars and stick with complex carbohydrates.
Elevated fasting glucose (blood sugar) and insulin blood levels are potential indicators of insulin resistance.
*The appendix provides descriptions and average doses of each nutrient.